Probe reveals Madani`s role in IPL stadium blasts

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 16:00

Bangalore: Interrogation of PDP leader Abdul
Nasser Madani, an accused in the 2008 serial bomb blasts here,
has revealed his role in the twin explosions near the cricket
stadium here ahead of an IPL match on April 17 this year, Home
Minister V S Acharya said Tuesday.

"Inquiry (in the 2008 bomb blasts) is in progress. We are
confident that we will get the full information (on the
conspiracy)," Acharya told reporters here when asked about the
update on the interrogation of Madani.

He said, "The interrogation has revealed his role in the
cricket stadium blasts."

Acharya said Madani`s links with other main accused in the
2008 blast case has been "established" during interrogation.
One woman was killed and 20 others were injured in the blast.

Two low-intensity explosions near a packed Chinnaswamy
cricket stadium less than an hour before an IPL match left 15
persons, including five securitymen, injured.

The match between home team Royal Challengers and Mumbai
Indians was delayed by an hour and play commenced after police
gave an all-clear signal.

The explosives placed behind a plastic board near the wall
outside the stadium, venue for the tie, went off 45 minutes
before the start at 4.00 pm. Another small explosion took place
near the stadium.

Acharya indicated that police might seek extension of the
custody of Madani, who was arrested by a Karnataka police team
in Kerala on August 17. He was remanded in police custody by a
Bangalore magistrate till August 26.

"He is (currently) on a dawn-to-dusk fast (Ramzan). So,
interrogation is in between", he said.

Acharya did not give much details on the probe involving
Madani, adding that his ministry does not interfere in
criminal investigation and it was not proper to comment when
it was in progress.

He said a police team is carrying out investigation
independently and they are free to take the assistance of
anybody in their probe.

Madani was taken to Hosathota in Somwarpet Taluk in Kodagu
district for further investigation last week for exploring his
alleged links there.

The PDP leader was also an accused in the 1998 serial bomb
blasts that rocked Coimbatore ahead of an election meeting to
be addressed by senior BJP leader L K Advani, leaving 58
people dead and injuring over 200. He was acquitted in the
case by the trial court.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 16:00

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